Social Services include numerous benefits programs, the majority of which only require a simple check of a license or a license number as “proof” of residency. A license becomes that Golden Ticket which is assumed to be a) legitimate, b) accurate, and c) assures residency.
When granting a license, DMVs often rely on information, such as a birth certificate, licenses from another state, a bill addressed to the license requestor showing the new address, or even lease–documents that can be easily created or modified for criminal purposes.
Here are some of the programs that a fictitious license will help the holder to defraud; Unemployment, Food Stamps (SNAP), Women, Infants and Children (WIC), Public Housing, Welfare, Social Security, Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF), Medicaid, Medicare, Worker’s Compensation, and Veterans’ Benefits.
“Counterfeit documents pose serious vulnerabilities that often contribute to other crimes, such as identity theft and financial fraud.” -Mike Prado, Fresno HSI Agent, Eastern District of California Click Here >>
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